Recreation and Activities

Get out and play in Golden Gate Park! There are 1,001 different ways to enjoy our park, from active recreation like basketball, soccer and jogging, to more passive activities like lawn bowling, horseshoes and model yacht sailing. Our playgrounds, including the flagship Koret Children's Quarter, are some of the most popular in the city.

  1. Sports and Fitness
  2. Activities
  3. Playgrounds


Girl shooting bow and arrow at a targetArchery Field
47th Avenue and Fulton |  Map It 


The archery field in Golden Gate Park is one of those wonderful park gems that leaves you asking yourself how you never discovered it before. Located at the west end of the park, the field is open to archers of all skill levels-- from beginner to marksman. The field includes nine hay bales for shared use; archers should bring their own targets, bows and arrows. Use of the field is free and is based on a first come, first served basis. More info

Equipment can be rented nearby, and Rec and Park offers lessons and camps for all ages and abilities.


People playing basketball on the courts at the PanhandleBasketball at the Panhandle
Fell and Clayton streets |  Map It 

The Nate Thurmond Basketball Courts at the Panhandle are some of the city’s most popular and iconic, where athletes will find spirited games of pick-up hoops against a backdrop of mature trees, a children’s playground, and the sound of traffic from busy Oak and Fell streets. The courts were resurfaced in 2016 through a partnership with the Golden State Warriors and The Good Tidings Foundation. The courts are named in honor of longtime NBA and Warriors player Nate Thurmond, who was a beloved community ambassador and champion of youth sports.


Kids playing beach chalet soccerBeach Chalet Athletic Fields
John F. Kennedy Drive at the west end of the park |  Map It 

The popular Beach Chalet Athletic Fields complex, renovated in 2015 through a partnership with the City Fields Foundation, includes synthetic turf and lights, tripling the amount of playtime on the fields to more than 14,000 hours annually and dramatically increasing public access. The four synthetic turf fields accommodate a wide range of sports, including soccer, and save about six million gallons of water each year. Facility amenities, including picnic areas and a play structure, encourage a safe, family-friendly environment for park visitors. Fields can be reserved, or stop by and kick the ball around during open play hours. More info


baseball at the Big Rec Baseball FieldsBig Rec Baseball Fields
100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive |  Map It 

Generations of youth baseball players have spent time on these fields, which host camps and youth league and school games throughout the year. The Bay Area Vintage Base Ball league, which plays under 1886 rules using vintage baseball equipment. Big Rec is available for rent through our Permits and Reservations division.


Man throwing disc into disc golf basketDisc Golf Course
Marx Meadow, off of JFK Drive |  Map It 

San Francisco’s first disc golf course is located in Golden Gate Park near Marx Meadow. A tightly wooded 18-hole course, this course is fun for beginners and a challenge for experts. Players use an array of discs instead of balls and clubs to aim for their designated targets, chain-linked baskets arranged throughout the course. The course was expanded to its permanent, 18-hole course in 2007. More info


Sunlight shining through the trees on a golf courseGolf Course
970 47th Ave. |  Map It   

This nine-hole, par-3 golf course is certain to provide players with a unique and memorable experience. With holes ranging from under 100 yards up to 200 yards, the course is considered the ideal course for the beginning or weekend golfer.  Experienced players seeking to refine their short game will also find the course a robust challenge. With something for everyone, this course is the perfect setting to learn, refine, or simply enjoy the game of golf. Tee Time Reservations can be made by calling the Pro Shop at (415) 751-8987 or by visiting goldengateparkgolf.com  


Man playing handballHandball/Racqetball Courts
Nancy Pelosi Drive near Big Rec |  Map It 

The Big Rec Handball Courts site is a hidden gem, tucked away behind Big Rec’s baseball diamonds. Those who discover this quiet, peaceful area of the park will enjoy two indoor and two outdoor courts. Use of these facilities is free and on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own equipment.



kezar stadiumKezar Stadium and Pavilion
670 Kezar Drive |  Map It 

Historic Kezar Stadium and Pavilion have been the sites of some amazing sports moments over the years. The original stadium was home to the San Francisco 49ers for 25 years, and the adjacent pavilion has hosted numerous sporting events, including basketball, roller derby, boxing and wrestling matches. Today, the stadium, which was renovated to its current configuration in 1990, hosts a wide array of sporting events, from school track and field meets to the annual high school Turkey Bowl championship football game. When not hosting sporting events, the track is a popular site for runners and joggers. More Kezar Stadium and Kezar Pavilion info


People playing on polo fieldPolo Field
1232 John F. Kennedy Drive |  Map It 

Soccer players, cyclists and joggers flock to this large expanse, where there’s plenty of room to stretch their legs and get their exercise in. The field area consists of seven soccer pitches, hosting a number of youth and adult soccer league games throughout the year. The cycle track is .67 miles (1 km) long, and is used by everyday cyclists and advanced cyclists for training. A .75-mile-long dirt track sits above the cycle track, and is a popular destination for both runners and horseback riders. The Polo Field is also the site of the annual Outside Lands Music + Arts Festival and several other civic events throughout the year. More info


roller skatingRoller Skating
John F. Kennedy Drive near 6th Ave. |  Map It 

Roller skating will always have a special place in Golden Gate Park’s heart, and that place is Skatin’ Place, a small paved area dedicated to folks on skates or blades. Throughout the week, particularly on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, the music is pumping and a whole community of skaters comes out to meet new friends and groove to the beats, creating a symphony of music and movement. It’s one of those uniquely San Francisco scenes that’s fun to watch but even more fun to take part in. Dust off those skates and shake what your mama gave ya’!


Person runningRunning/Jogging
Locations vary   

Golden Gate Park is home to miles of roadways and trails perfect for your run. The endless combination of undulating topography, roads and trails lets runners tailor their workout to their needs. Running around the perimeter of the park is a 7.4-mile loop. A 4.5-mile trail loop on the west end of the park is also popular. Kezar Stadium and the Polo Field each feature tracks for runners.


Aerial view of tennis courtsTennis Center
Nancy Pelosi Drive and Bowling Green Dr. |  Map It 

The Golden Gate Park Tennis Center is currently undergoing a $30 million renovation, which will make the 126-year-old site one of the best public tennis facilities in the nation, featuring a new clubhouse, 17 rebuilt tennis courts, a dedicated pickleball court, and expanded hours of operation to maximize the public’s access. The renovated center will also include dedicated space for Rec and Park’s Tennis and Learning Center, a youth development program that combines tutoring with the game of tennis. Established in 1894, these historic public tennis courts have provided opportunities for athletes to hone their games, including Hall-of-Famers Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Brad Gilbert, Dick Gould and Peanut Louie Harper.


Skateboarders at Waller Street Skate ParkWaller Street Skate Park
Waller Street and Stanyan |  Map It 


Kickflips, ollies and backside 180s abound at this dedicated spot for skateboarders. Whether you’re a seasoned boarder or a beginner looking to perfect your skills, this skate park offers plenty of room to practice your sport.